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quick poll: Sundra or Aigre Doux?

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have reservations at both for Saturday night and need to decide. Haven't been to either. would like some chow opinions.

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  1. I assume you mean Sunda.

    I think the answer is going to be very similar to the answer I gave when someone asked about Sunda vs. Red Light, in the discussion at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/604697

    Sunda just opened, so it may be difficult to find anyone who's been there yet, let alone can compare Friday night to Saturday night. In case no one posts a report, you can see the Tribune/Metromix first look at http://chicago.metromix.com/restauran...

    Aigre Doux has been around for a couple of years now, and is one of the very best contemporary American, "casual fine dining" restaurants in the entire city. It is wonderful! I posted a detailed report when I ate there shortly after it opened; you can read it at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/365436

    Sunda features pan-Asian cuisine, whereas Aigre Doux is more contemporary, i.e. American with global influences. In case it helps you in making your decision, you can view menus on the websites of both restaurants:

    www.sundachicago.com
    www.aigredouxchicago.com

    Given that Aigre Doux has been around for a little while, and Sunda hasn't, that will probably be the biggest factor in your decision, i.e. Do you want to try a place that's brand new and "hot" that you'll be among the first to try, or do you want to go to a place that's been around for a while and is well-known and still doing things very well? Take your pick!

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    1. re: nsxtasy

      There's a new post reporting a dining experience at Sunda at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/604697

      1. re: nsxtasy

        well, we chose Aigre Doux and were incredibly impressed. They just turned the menu on Friday so we were getting it on only the 2nd day, but you couldn't tell by the quality of the food.

        Service: Overall, phenomenal. Responsive without being overbearing. Waiter made some great wine suggestions. A bit disappointed though that the waiter hadn't tried many of the new dishes.

        Appetizers: I have the pizza with Kobe Beef carpaccio and wifey had braised rabbit. My pizza was good, the horseradish added some a very different contrast which worked well. The rabbit was one of the best dishes I have ever had. Perfectly cooked with vegatables and a medium gracy. The Foccacia bread with some paramesan reggiano on top and bottom was great.

        Entree: Wifey had the Kobe sirloin, I had the duck. Sirloin melted in your mouth and the wasabi worked well but didn't overpower. Duck was cooked perfectly, but pasta was a bit overdone.

        Desert: We shared a chocolate tart wrapped in a wonton with passionfruit emulsion . Great contrast of flavors. I'm not a huge desert guy, but it was a nice ending to the meal

        One last thing worth pointing out. The place was empty. We had 6:00 reservations and it was empty for the first half hour. When we left at 7:45, there were only three of four tables full. If this keeps up, I can't imagine how much longer it will be in business, which is quite sad.

        1. re: DukeFan

          That's too bad to hear about the empty restaurant. I loved Aigre Doux back in 2008 when during Restaurant Week and I always thought the main dining room was perfectly elegant. I remember a TOC article a while back talking about cursed spaces, and I think the Aigre Doux address was one of the locations. (previously Pilli Pilli) Here's hoping they break the curse.